He grew up here in Eastern Kentucky, but died serving his country in Iraq. Saturday, friends and family of Staff Sergeant Terry Prater remembered him as the boy they once knew and as a hero.
Those who knew and loved Staff Sergeant Terry Prater gathered at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church in Floyd County to remember him in the place he grew up.
Some came just to honor the sacrifice he made.
"He was just a really nice guy and we're really blessed. That he did that for us. I love him for that," said Terry Prater Sr. "To keep his men safe he put himself in harm's way. Terry paid the ultimate price to his country and fellow man."
But as he wipes back tears, Terry Prater Senior knows his son looked after his fellow soldiers just as they too, were family.
"His soldiers, he cared so much for them," Terry said.
He remembers when Terry saved another soldier's life in 2004 by taking the blast for him and then getting that soldier to safety.
"As much shrapnel he had in him, they didn't even know how he pulled himself off the ground much less how he got a soldier up on the truck," Terry said.
But a roadside bomb last month in Iraq was too much for Terry Prater.
"Every soldier does so much for us," he said.
And many, like Staff Sergeant Terry Prater were willing to give their life.
Staff Sergeant Terry Prater leaves behind many friends and family including a wife, a six year old son, and a two year old daughter.